Genetically Modified Crops (Biotechnology and Society)

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Golden Rice.

We will concentrate on discussing two examples of genetically modified (GM) crops: Golden Rice and Roundup Ready® soybeans/corn.

Required Reading

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  1. Potrykus, I. (2001) The 'Golden Rice' Tale. In Vitro Cell. Dev. Biol. 37:93-100. [Potrykus2001]
    Account of the development and dissemination of Golden Rice by its main inventor.
    Article posted on Golden
  2. Harmon, Amy. "Golden Rice: Lifesaver?" New York Times August 24, 2013. [Harmon2013]
    Describes recent vandalism of Golden Rice trial in the Philippines and associated issues with GM crops.
    Article at New York Times
  3. Enserink, M. Golden rice not so golden for Tufts. ScienceInsider Sept. 18, 2013. [Enserink2013]
    Details ethical issues with a recent Golden Rice trial involving children in China.
    Article on ScienceInsider website
  4. Error fetching PMID 18273882: [Duke2008]
    Review of the development of glyphosate and resistant GM crops, and evolution of resistant weeds.
  5. Entine, J. "Scientists Savage Study Purportedly Showing Health Dangers of Monsanto's Genetically Modified Corn" Forbes Sept. 20, 2012. [Entine2012]
    Report on reactions to study purporting Roundup Ready® corn causes cancer in rats.
    Article at Forbes
  6. Pollack, A. "As patent ends, a seed’s use will survive." New York Times August 24, 2013. [Pollack2009]
    Describes intellectual property issues of selling GM seeds.
    Article at New York Times


  • Golden Rice Project
  • Monsanto
  • Government regulatory agencies
  • Farmers / Public

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